What are the most popular WordPress plugins?

WordPress plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site. There are over 55,000+ plugins in the official WordPress plugin repository.

WordPress plugins are built in the PHP programming language and work in tandem with the WordPress platform. There’s a phrase in the WordPress community that goes something like this: “there’s a plugin for that.” Users may add features to their website without learning a single line of code thanks to them.

Based on the actual download numbers from WordPress.org, these are the most popular WordPress plugins of all time from the 55,000+ plugins that are currently available.

  • Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO is a WordPress plugin that improves your website’s rankings on search engines, by helping you optimize your site’s content and keywords. A lot of what Yoast SEO does is automated, but still needs your input and some planning. The plugin gives you a score, tells you what problems there are and how to improve your content for SEO.

  • Akismet

Akismet is a comment spam filtering service. Akismet catches blog comment and pingback spam using their algorithms. This algorithm learns from its mistakes and from the actions taken by participating websites.  On popular websites, the amount of spam comments could get as high as 85%. This means out of every 100 comments only 15 are legitimate. Comment moderation is a time consuming task, and Akismet can save you hours.

  • Woocommerce

WooCommerce is an ecommerce plugin for WordPress. It makes creating and managing an online store simple, with reasonable levels of flexibility and several vital features such as inventory and tax management, secure payments and shipping integration. It allows you to add products, a shopping cart, and checkout options.

  • Elementor

Elementor is a page builder plugin that replaces the basic WordPress editor with a live frontend editor, so you can create complex layouts visually, and design your website live, without having to switch between the editor and the preview mode. 

  • WPForms

WPForms is an easy-to-use online form builder for WordPress websites. It’s known as being the most beginner-friendly contact form plugin available because you can create smart forms in minutes without writing any code. You can use WPForms to create anything from a simple contact form, request a quote form, donation form, and even an online ordering form that takes payments and emails a tailored receipt to the customer.

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